Planning the Future of St. Mark's

This is an important time for St. Mark's School of Texas. Once again, we have embarked on our strategic planning process known as Goals for St. Mark's. In its fourth iteration since 1984, Goals for St. Mark's IV will help us define the School's future. Over the next year, we will work to articulate our vision, establish our most important aspirations for the coming decade, and focus our community on the future. We will review our current programs and facilities, study trends in education, engage members of our diverse community, and dream of the future. Goals IV will respond to growth opportunities for our School, our students, our faculty, our community, and our global community.
For the past nine months, School leadership and the Board of Trustees have worked to set this project into motion. During the summer, we formed a leadership team to give oversight to the process, and now our Planning Committee is hard at work. During the fall, following a detailed process, our leadership team selected a strategic planning consultant, RJ Valentino of The Napa Group, who will partner with the Planning Committee to guide us through this process. Their firm has extensive experience working on strategic plans for educational institutions and will be a valuable resource for the School.

Paramount to the success of developing Goals for St. Mark's IV will be the input gathered from our parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and students. In the coming months, we will reach out to all members of our community to seek their experience, wisdom, and ideas on how to strengthen the School we love.

Thank you, in advance, for your active participation in this process. We look forward to working together to advance the mission of our School.

Warm regards,

David W. Dini, Eugene McDermott Headmaster
Taylor H. Wilson ’81, President, Board of Trustees

Strategic Consultant

During the summer of 2015, the leadership group of the Planning Committee, which consists of our Co-Chairs, Trustees, and School leadership, convened to identify a strategic planning consulting firm. After an extensive search, the School hired RJ Valentino and The Napa Group to help facilitate and guide this critical process. An excellent partner for the School, The Napa Group has experience in planning, leadership, and organizational design ranging from entrepreneurial start-up companies to the $12 billion University of California system. Their portfolio includes public and independent K-12 education, public and private colleges and universities, and nonprofit associations and foundations, including alumni and membership associations.
Lead consultants for the Goals for St. Mark's IV Strategic Planning Project are RJ Valentino (President and Co-Founder) and Janis Johnson (Senior Partner).
RJ Valentino serves as a senior adviser to education and business, guiding leaders and organizations toward strategies and programs that achieve and maintain excellence and strengthen their positioning in times of change. Experienced in both traditional and entrepreneurial settings, RJ has advised K-12 schools, colleges and universities, non-profit associations and foundations, educational leaders, corporate CEOs and boards for more than 30 years. His work bridges for-profit and non-profit sectors to drive custom solutions and innovation. Prior to co-founding The Napa Group in 1985, RJ held management and leadership positions in financial services, corporate training, and human resources in Fortune 500 companies.
As Senior Partner, Marketing & Communication, Janis Johnson brings a diversified career as a strategist and practitioner and as a journalist with major news media. With 20 years of experience as a senior executive and consultant in higher education, health care, and community nonprofits, Janis helps leaders and organizations develop internal and external communications messaging, materials and outreach activities to build market position and constituent buy-in and engagement. She also conducts best practice research, strategic plan facilitation, and project management
For more information about The Napa Group please visit

Past Strategic Plans

Goals for St. Mark's III – 2002


Goals for St. Mark's II – 1990


Goals for St. Mark's I – 1984


Planning Committee


Kathy Crow
Trustee, Parent of Alumnus

Alan Schoellkopf ’91
Trustee and Parent

Cindy Smith
Trustee, Parent of Alumni

Mike Warnecke ’87
Trustee, Parent 

Faculty Members

John Ashton
Associate Headmaster

David Baker
Director of Admission & Financial Aid, Parent of Alumnus

Teri Broom
First Grade Faculty, Parent

David Dini
Eugene McDermott Headmaster

Scott Gonzalez
Provost, Dean of the Campus, English & Humanities Teacher

Scott Hunt
Arnold E. Holtberg Master Teaching Chair

Kathy Mallick
Lower School Administrative Assistant, Former Trustee, Parent of Alumni

Marsha McFarland
Green Master Teaching Chair

John Mead
Eugene McDermott Master Teaching Chair in Science

Paul Mlakar
Director of Academic Information Systems, Math Teacher

Nick Sberna
Humanities Department Chair

Mark Sullivan
Athletic Director

Marty Stegemoeller
Malcom K. and Minda Brachman Master Teaching Chair

Kurt Tholking
Computer Science Teacher, Parent

Suzanne Townsend
Director of Finance & Administration

Bruce Westrate
Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Master Teaching Chair

Jim Bob Womack ’98
Director of Development, Parent


Pallavi Chavda
Former Trustee, Parent of Alumni

Drew Clancy ’84

Bill Graue ’84
Trustee, Parent of Alumnus

Jeff Hillier ’76
Trustee, Parent of Alumni

Vera Ingram
Trustee, Parent, Parent of Alumnus

Dean Itani ’11
Young Alumnus

Amee Joshi
Trustee, Parent

Eric Kusin ’00

Chris Lee ’96
Former Trustee
Fraser Marcus ’72
Trustee, Parent

Jon Mosle ’79
President, Board of Trustees, Parent of Alumus

Gjon Nivica
Trustee, Parent

Elizabeth Perry-Miller

Karen Pollock
Trustee, Parent

Veeral Rathod ’97

Helene Rudberg
Former Trustee, Parent of Alumni

Carl Sewell ’02

Abby Williams

Taylor Wilson ’81
Trustee, Parent of Alumnus

St. Mark's School of Texas

10600 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75230

About Us

St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, non-sectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.